This online course offers a basic introduction to navigation and safety for anyone new to boating; sailors, powerboaters, sea anglers, divers and boat masters. Also useful for experienced dinghy and keelboat sailors and inshore racers. 

Course topics include; charts and publications, safety, engine checks, buoyage, tidal awareness, visual and electronic navigation, pilotage, rules of the road, anchoring, weather forecasts and passage planning. 

This course is the perfect stepping stone to the more in-depth Day Skipper shore-based course or to courses on the water such as the Start Yachting and Competent Crew and Day Skipper courses. It is also ideal for anyone contemplating a bareboat charter holiday or considering buying their own boat.  

The course is online, and students receive a pack which includes course handbook, dividers and training charts.  

LOGIN DETAILS MAY TAKE UP TO 48 HRS TO BE SENT, ALTERNATIVELY YOU CAN BOOK BY EMAIL sailing@southerncrossyachting.com.au

  • Previous Experience

    No experience required!

  • Course Duration

    16 – 25 Hours

  • Certificate Upon Completion

    RYA Essential Navigation Certificate

A great place to learn all things about sailing, experienced Captains who are only to happy to answer any and all questions, a great experience,

Michael MacCormack 2021
Michael MacCormack

Well organized with a wonderful team and instructors. Completed my Comp Crew and looking forward to doing the Day skipper next.

N Dashti 2020
N Dashti

We were lucky enough to spend a day with Jamie on Moreton bay and can’t speak highly enough about it. Three of us with varied previous experience of sailing joined with a father and son to share in a day of learning the ropes. The day was tailored to our varied needs and at all times we were able to ask questions and glean experience from Jamie’s wealth of knowledge. We would highly recommend signing up for a course if you’re interested in getting back on the water after a hiatus. Thanks so much guys! It was a priceless day!

Maria Bukala 2021
Maria Bukala

We cannot express how wonderful our experience was with Jamie . He is very professional and patient in teaching us how to handle our new acquisition. Whether you are a seasoned sailor or a novice, it’s well worth spending time with a calm and knowledgeable instructor from Southern Cross. Thanks Jamie

Lee-Anne Savin 2021
Lee-Anne Savin

What you will learn (Course Syllabus) 

This course gives a fantastic introduction and foundation knowledge of the following subjects in the RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship syllabus: 

  • Charts, Publications and Terms 
  • Buoyage 
  • Navigation 
  • Safety 
  • Anchoring 
  • Tides 
  • Electronic Navigation 
  • Rules of the Road 
  • Weather Forecasts 
  • Pilotage 
  • Passage Planning